Ruby stared at herself in the mirror. She still couldn’t believe she was alive again. She’d pinch herself numerous times throughout the day just to check if she’s still flesh and bones.
I decided to give her a makeover – after all, she’s been sporting the same look for decades, so I feel like she needs a bit of a change.
I’ve never introduced Ruby in the series properly, so a traits overview is highly overdue: She’s a lazy goofball and a geek, who also happens to be gregarious, since she has the Party Animal aspiration. I don’t quite think that’s going to happen, but hey, she seems quite pleased just to be alive!
Naturally, Ruby has become very affectionate towards her fiancée. Isaac had really pulled out the big guns for the proposal, only a romantic sim could do that. Not to mention that Isaac is always nice around Ruby, which is a huge relief to the elderly Bloomer couple (and myself!).
Yes, Ruby’s been VERY affectionate.
She also got on with Isaac and Maranda really well. They all enjoyed being able to reconnect, and have put all bad memories beyond them.
To be honest, Isaac and Maranda would be happy to see Isaac marry Godzilla if it made him the man he was with Ruby. When it came to the wedding day, they could barely suppress tears of joy.
Naturally we also invited Allen Perrin for the festivities. He was really happy to have another chance at bonding with his mother, although getting used to the fact that he’s almost twice her age would take some getting used to.
Isaac’s old gang was here too. Is it me, or is Juanita making eyes at Allen?
Pace: “I still can’t believe you’re getting married man! What happened to playing the field?”
Yusuf: “Personally, I still can’t believe that you found anyone willing to marry you… though I suppose the fact you had to go for a dead girl says a lot.”
Yusuf and Isaac still don’t really get along. But it’s good to have him here anyway, for old times’ sake.
Time for the ceremony! The wedding takes place in the same spot where Isaac proposed to Ruby. We do have a designated wedding spot in the Ruby Perrin Park, but somehow Ruby was not very fond of the idea of getting married at her memorial lot.
Everyone gathered around to see the couple say their wows.
Ruby: “Isaac, you saw me when I was invisible to everyone else and made me believe that everything was possible. You’ve seen my flaws and shortcomings, and instead of running away you pulled me closer.”
Isaac: “Ruby, thanks to you I know that true love can overcome anything, and I can say with confidence that I know not even death do us part.”
Isaac and Maranda were happier than they’d been in years. Isaac’s turbulent teen years were left long behind, and they seemed like a dream today.
All that was left was the rings…
… and of course, the first kiss.
Isaac’s parents were the first to congratulate him.
Meanwhile, Ruby was getting to know everyone – apart from Isaac, she’s not made any new acquaintances for years, not to mention meeting people was a part of her aspiration.
But of course, she devoted the most attention to the one she missed the most time with, her son.
Allen: “Smile! You know, as a kid I would always dream you would get married one day. I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible in my wildest dreams, after you… you know.”
Still a bit awkward, but getting there!
Ruby: “Oh look at us Allen! You need to send me a copy of this!”
Allen: “Sure thing… mom.”
Ruby: “Allen, there’s something I wanted to talk to you about. I know you love your job, but I’ve spoken to Isaac and he thinks you could easily transfer to the Newcrest police station. Willow Creek is just not safe and I’m always a bit uneasy knowing you live there.”
When she said that, something clicked inside Allen all of the sudden. She may be wrinkle-free and much younger looking than him, but she is his mom, and does what all mothers do – she worries.
Allen: “I’ll think about it mom. I promise.”
Juanita: “Ugh, I can’t stand your smug face, Pace! If it wasn’t for you, I could have been the one getting married today!”
Allen: “I think someone as pretty as you will not have any troubles finding a husband.”
Perhaps Allen may have some extra motivation to move to Newcrest?
It had been a magical day, and all guests have had a great time. Of course, the newlyweds had the best time of all.
But sadly not all days can be magical, and the very next day Isaac had a particularly icky day at work, having to take mugshots and fingerprints of criminals, and what’s worse, having to search them.
He was looking forward to coming home after the long shift and finally being able to unwind, but fate would not have it.
Kirk Bloomer, the founder of our legacy who fulfilled his aspiration (and only fell short of completing a second one by 4 fish) passed away of old age.
To make matters worse, as this was happening, Maranda came home from work early… to die.
I mean, Grim was still inside the house taking Kirk’s soul when this was happening!
“See you soon, my love,” Maranda whispered.
Poor Isaac and Ruby had not even finished weeping over Kirk’s death when they heard Maranda’s call from the outside. They rushed outside, with grim in tow.
Grim: “You never heard that saying about two birds and one stone? I’m a busy man, I have to be efficient.”
Ruby: “I’m so sick of you always ruining everything and wrecking my life over and over again? You better not show up at this house ever again!”
Grim: “Are you planning to move?”
Isaac and Ruby buried Kirk and Maranda by the pond, surrounded by flowers, just the way Kirk would have liked it. They were on their own now.
Rest in peace, Kirk and Maranda. You were a better founder couple than I could have asked for, and you’ll be deeply missed!